Captain Nicholas Redmond
Captain Nicholas Redmond was born in Ireland, in 1811, and in that country spent his younger life. His first occupation was that of fisherman, in which business he was engaged for many years, also sailing out of Liverpool on different ships several times. He came to America in 1847, and settled first in St. Catharines, Ont., where he was engaged in hauling stones for the Kingston penitentiary. He then came to Detroit, moving himself and family on a scow. Here he found employment in the shipyards, where he worked for some time. When business in the yards was dull he worked at ship carpentry, and built several boats, among which are the scow May Breeze, sold to Parsons Bros. of Cleveland, and the scows Hero, Joseph R. Bennett, Fleet Wing, N. Mercier and Maud Beniteau.
Captain Redmond was married to Miss Margaret Shields, and was the father of nine children, having had four by a previous marriage. One son, serving under General Burnsides, was killed at Petersburg during the war of the Rebellion.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.